Country music fans takes over the city with dozens of events that celebrate talented Canadian country music artists. Meet your favourite musician during FanFest, watch intimate songwriting and guitar sets, party with nationally recognized talents during Rock’n Country Cabaret, and cheer on the top artists during the prestigious televised Canadian Country Music Awards ceremony. You don’t have to be a country fan-atic to enjoy the festivities! With 24 events, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during Canadian Country Music week! Visit www.ccma.org for a complete schedule of all Canadian Country Music Week events that will take place in Edmonton.
See all your favourite country music superstars in one show! The broadcast-live CCMA Awards on Sunday, September 8 will feature performances by national talents Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Emerson Drive, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, Deric Ruttan, Tebey, Bobby Wills Autumn Hill, Jason Blaine, Chad Brownlee, George Canyon, High Valley, Kira Isabella, Small Town Pistols, and Dallas Smith.The impressive lineup of Canadian artists will be accompanied by performances from international stars The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes, and Darius Rucker (yep, the singer from Hootie & the Blowfish. You know you still have his catchy hit “Wagon Wheel” stuck in your head!)
Tickets for the Canadian Country Music Awards are available via Ticketmaster. Discount packages that include accommodations and tickets to 5 CCM Week events (including the awards show) are available via Destination Edmonton.
Country music fanatic? Here are 8 more country music concerts set for Edmonton this fall:
Tim Hicks Autograph Session
When: Thursday, September 5, 5 pm
Where: HMV Stage, Level 1 Phase IV, West Edmonton Mall
Meet Tim Hicks, one of Canada’s fastest rising country music stars! Hicks will treat the audience to a free performance before he signs autographs and takes photos with fans. The 2013 CCMA Rising Star nominee’s performance will feature his runaway hits “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” and the certified-Gold single “Get By”, as well as songs from his highly anticipated debut album Throw Down.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
When: Tue – Sun, September 6 – November 3
Where: Mayfield Dinner Theatre
Cost: $75 – $105 (includes dinner and a show). Reservations required; call 780-483-4051 or visit www.mayfieldtheatre.ca.
This musical tribute follows the career of Patsy Cline, one of the biggest legends of country music, from her humble beginnings in small town Virginia to the big time playing Carnegie Hall in New York. Featuring 20 of her biggest hits including “Crazy”, “Walkin’ After Midnight”, and “Sweet Dreams”, this story of a powerful woman with an unforgettable voice is a delight for audiences of all ages.
Corb Lund Garage Sale
When: September 6, 4 pm – 8 pm; September 7, 11 am – 6 pm; September 8 11 am – 4 pm
Where: 13323 – 107A Ave.
It is exactly what you think it is: a garage sale at the home of country musician Corb Lund! According to Lund: “all kinds of old random merchandise available from the last ten years [will be on sale]. Shirts, hats, stickers, posters, license plates, hockey pucks, beer cozies, CDs, DVDs, 8 x 10s. Even selling our old touring van!” Corb will be onsite for autographs and photos periodically through the event. More Info.
When: Tuesday, September 10, 7 pm
Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Cost: $49.65 – $72.65; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
Don “Gentle Giant” Williams is a country music icon with nostalgic songs like “We Should be Together” and “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me”.
When: Friday, September 13, 8 pm
Where: Leduc Rec Centre, 4330 Black Gold Dr., Leduc
Cost: $78.90; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
In addition to a modest acting career in Hollywood hits like Panic Room and Crank, Dwight Yoakam is renowned for his impressive country music career with over thirty Billboard-chart hit songs that range in style from self-proclaimed “honky-tonk” ballads to rock-inspired jams.
Zac Brown Band
When: Sunday, September 22, 7 pm
Where: Rexall Place
Cost: $53.51 – $91.01; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
This country-folk group’s new album Uncaged won the Country Music Album of the Year award at the 2013 Grammy Awards, and features chart-topping songs like “Jump Right In” and “Goodbye in Her Eyes”.
Tim Hicks, one of Canada’s fastest rising country music stars, will get your boots two-stepping with his catchy hit song Get By, as well as songs from his just-released debut album Throw Down.
When: Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm
Where: Rexall Place
Cost: $52.76 = $75.26; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
The 2013 winner for Male Vocalist of the Year at the American Country Music Awards, country musician Jason Aldean continues to dominate the country music scene with a new album and hit song “Night Train”.
When: Saturday, October 26, 7:30 pm
Where: Rexall Place
Cost: $41.01 – $97.51 ; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
A member of the prestigious Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, country musician Brad Paisley adds a southern-rock edge to his music with his crazy-good guitar skills and lyrics laced with humor and pop culture references. His Beat This Summer tour features new music and songs from his repertoire of award-winning and chart-topping hits like “American Saturday Night”, “Celebrity,” and “This is Country Music”.
When: Friday, November 1, 8 pm
Where: Rexall Place
Cost: $39.26 – $107.01; tickets available via Ticketmaster.
Even though they weren’t “ready to make nice” and received criticism for their controversial comments against then-President George W. Bush and the Iraq War, the Dixie Chicks remain the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the United States. After a 5-year hiatus, the band returns with their “Long Time Gone” tour to perform fan-favourite songs like “Wide Open Spaces” and “Not Ready to Make Nice”.